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IREG 2019 Conference - Rankings: a challenge to higher education?

Date :  du 08-05-2019 au 10-05-2019

Lieu :  Bologne

Organisation :  Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence (IREG)

Programme : 

The growth of university rankings have not been neutral to the way higher education functions both on the national and the global scale. Some governments have been pouring billions of dollars into the “excellence initiatives” to elevate international position of their universities; universities themselves, rankings in mind, have been implementing policies hoping to increase their competitiveness and international visibility. Rankings have become more sophisticated and statistically robust. Many institutions seem to have figured out that there is something to learn from them even if they disapprove of the methodology or dislike the results.

Several previous IREG conferences concentrated on a specific aspect of rankings such as: rankings by subject, ranking methodology, employability or excellence. At this conference, we will take a deeper look at the rankings in general and will be asking questions fundamental for university rankings:

  • Is there any evidence that rankings are helping universities?
  • Are rankings helping students and other stakeholders?
  • What will be the impact of Artificial Intelligence and Big Data on rankings?
  • How to include online distance teaching into rankings?
  • What needs to be done to make rankings better?

Since IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence is an organization where both ranking organizations and universities are represented, it is in a unique position to take stock of university rankings from an expert but neutral stand point.

Opening Session

Luiz C. Costa, President, IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence, Academic Vice Rector of IESB University (Brazil)
Francesco Ubertini, Rector, University of Bologna (Italy)
Gaetano Manfredi, President, Conference of Italian University Rectors (CRUI), Rector, University of Naples "Federico II" (Italy)

FIRST SESSION - Impact of rankings on higher education and public policy

Ellen Hazelkorn, Joint managing Partner, BH Associates, Education Consultant, and Professor Emeritus, Technological University Dublin (Ireland)
Dirk Van Damme, Senior Counsellor, Education and Skills, OECD (France)
Mikhail Strikhanov, Rector, National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute) (Russian Federation)
Sumathi Subramaniam, Policy officer, European Commission, DG Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (Norway)

SECOND SESSION - Trend and new developments in global and national rankings

Robert Morse, Chief Data Strategist for US News & World Report, Member of IREG Observatory, (USA): US News On-line Ranking
Albert Sangra Morer, Director, UNESCO Chair in Education and Technology for Social Change; Professor, Open University of Catalonia (Spain): - Creating an Online Dimension for University Rankings (CODUR)
Robert Kelchen, Assistant Professor, Seton Hall University (USA)
Raghu Raman, Chairman Amrita School of Business (India)

THIRD SESSION - Use of rankings in developing university strategy

Ben Sowter, Senior Vice President, QS Quacquarelli Symonds Unit (United Kingdom)
Daniel Guhr, Managing Director, Illuminate Consulting Group (USA)

FIFTH SESSION - Influence of media on rankings

Gianna Fregonara, Journalist Corriere della Sera (Italy)
Simona Bizzozero, Communications Director, QS (United Kingdom)
Richard Holmes, Blogger University Ranking Watch (UK/Malaysia)

SIXTH SESSION - Role of rankings in Latin America

Jacques Marcovitch, former rector of USP (Brazil): - How to use metrics and ranking to improve management on the tree universities from São Paulo, USP, UNICAMP and UNESP
Sabine Righetti, coordinator of the Brazilian National Ranking "Folha de São Paulo": - Rankings in Latin America including Chile, Argentina and Brazil. (Brazil)
Fernando Leon Garcia, Cetys University System (Mexico)

Closing Session

Mirko Degli Esposti, Vice Rector, University of Bologna (Italy)
Luiz Costa, President, IREG Observatory, Vice Rector, IESB University (Brazil)


mot(s) clé(s) :  enseignement supérieur, globalisation de l'éducation